IAABO Play of the Week

Click here to view the IAABO Play of the Week No. 6 for the 2018/2019 season. At the end of the video, you will need to click on the link shown below to access the survey question.  In addition, all IAABO Plays of the Week are archived at www.iaabo.org.

Click here to answer a survey to ensure that you have an accurate ruling.  Once you submit your answer, you will receive a response with IAABO’s point of view on this play
Now that the high school basketball season is underway, I wanted to remind everyone of the partnership between IAABO and RefQuest.  A group of you have taken advantage of the discount offered to IAABO members, but many of you have not.
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Congratulations to Pete Cacioppo, Bd. 208 MA and Ted Grys, Bd. 103 ON, (Week 5) winners.  Thanks to everyone who participated in the IAABO Play of the Week.

Straddling the Division
Line Play Situations

In response to inquiries about a player who is straddling the division line when he or she catches a ball deflected by an opponent, following are two play situations that are meant to clarify the correct ruling and procedure officials should follow.  
Team A has control of the ball in their frontcourt:
Team A has control of the ball in their frontcourt and B1 deflects the ball to A1, who is straddling the division line.  A1 is able to reach out and take possession of the ball while straddling the division line.  RULING:  Legal.  A1 is in the backcourt and maintains that status when she takes possession of the deflected ball.  Because A1 is in the backcourt, the official shall begin a 10-second count and maintain the count as long as Team A has control of the ball in their backcourt.  (9-9-1)
Team A has control of the ball in their backcourt:  
Team A has control of the ball in their backcourt and B1 deflects the ball to A1, who is straddling the division line.  A1 is able to reach out and take possession of the ball while straddling the division line.  RULING:  Legal.  A1 is in the backcourt and maintains that status when he takes possession of the deflected ball.  Because A1 is in the backcourt, as long as Team A maintains team control in its backcourt, the official shall continue a 10-second count.  (9-9-1)
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2019 IAABO Spring Meeting
The IAABO Spring Meeting will be held at the Claridge Hotel in beautiful Atlantic City, New Jersey.  The meeting dates are April 24-28, 2019.  It is now time to make your room reservations.  Room rates are as follows:  Wednesday (4/24) and Thursday (4/25) -  $110.00; Friday (4/26) - $139.00; and Saturday (4/27) - $149.00.  For reservations, please call the hotel at 1-844-AC-IS-FUN or online at www.claridge.com, using the code: IAABOO.  Looking forward to seeing everyone in Atlantic City.
IAABO Officials have joined forces during the past 10 years and raised over $2 million dollars to help support research and finding a cure for cancer.  Click here to view information on profiles and partnership highlights, etc., from the American Cancer Society.
Dear Trainer - I have a question, my left heel- after lot of running on the court or at the gym, I feel sore on the bottom of my heel. I use a roller where I rub my foot on it.  Any other stretching plan or solution to where I can get rid of the pain/sore?
Dear Official - The pain you are describing "sounds like" symptoms that are consistent with plantar fasciitis. The good news is that it sounds like you are addressing this early so hopefully we can settle it down relatively quickly.
The good news is that if you can tolerate the discomfort, you are probably not doing any long term damage by working through it.  The plantar fascia is a broad band of tissue on the sole of your foot that runs from the heel to the base of the toes. When this tissue becomes tight, then weight bearing activities forcefully stretch the tissue resulting in an overstretch or sometimes microtears of the tissue. Most commonly the pain is located near the heel where the tissue inserts into the bone. It is most painful during the first step of the day because the tissue shortens while sleeping and as soon as you step down it forcefully stretches pulling at the insertion. Pain is also typically present after standing for long periods of time, especially in shoes that do not provide a lot of cushion.
I have a few treatment suggestions that may help:
1) Work on your flexibility. The most important stretches you can do are calf stretches and an isolated plantar fascia stretch.  The calf stretches are the traditional runners stretch in two positions:
a. Gastrocnemius Stretch: Stand pushing against a wall. Step one leg back, pushing heel into the floor.(Hold 20-30 secs)
b. Soleus Stretch: Step back leg in slightly, keeping heel pushed to floor, bend knee (Hold 20-30 secs)
c. Plantar Fascia Stretch: (Must be done with shoes off) Place affected foot on the edge of a step or chair with toes off the edge. Knee and ankle should both be at 90 degrees. Using your hand, pull toes up toward the ceiling. (Hold 20-30 secs)
Repeat each stretch 3 times
2) Ice the affected area. An easy and effective way to do this is to freeze water in an empty plastic bottle. Rub the foot on top of the frozen bottle for 10-15 minutes. This provides massage and stretch.
3) Massage the area to work out any tightness or areas of adhesions(tissue sticks to surrounding tissues). This can be done with the hands or some people like to rub their foot on top of a golf ball (you can also freeze the golf ball)
4) You may also want to try a heel cup or padded heel insert. There are several that have added cushion in the center of the heel insert. They are typically clear with a blue center cushion.
Hopefully these hints will help you manage the symptoms you are experiencing. Let me know if you have any questions.
Michelle Futrell, MA, ATC, SCAT

IAABO Patches

Recently, the IAABO Office has received numerous inquiries about IAABO patches and their availability for purchase.  We no longer sell IAABO Patches.  This was discontinued several years ago.  Please visit Smitty Officials’ Apparel – Smitty is the exclusive vendor for IAABO Logoed products.  Click here to view a listing of preferred retailers.

IAABO University Goes Live
"An online basketball officiating certification class"

The course is LIVE.  If your board is participating and has prospective officials that would like to enroll in the course, please have them contact the IAABO Office @ iaabo@iaabo.org.
Video Evaluations Made Easy!
Digital Critic was developed by Official Excellence to enhance referee, umpire and official evaluations. The platform allows for video time stamped commentary, spoken or textual, to be used for officiating improvement.  Digital Critic enables groups to track progress, enhance learning, and augment your existing training processes.  With online footage assessment, you can have your best evaluators providing valuable feedback consistently, without the need to be present at games.  Contact Mark (mark@digitalcritic.ca) for information on a free demo site for your board!  Click here to view.
Note that we are offering a 10% discount at the moment.
Smitty Officials’ Apparel – Smitty is the exclusive vendor for IAABO Logoed products.  Click here to view a listing of preferred retailers.
Long-Time IAABO Member Dave Simon Pens Third Book
Long-time IAABO member and writer for SPORTORIALS, Dave Simon, recently penned and published his third book. Simon has been an IAABO member since 1984 and written for SPORTORIALS for 29 years. "Tales of Cycling Nomad 1982," published by Orange Hat Publishing, chronicles his 3,500+ mile journey on a bicycle across North America in 1982. 
Autographed copies of the book are available by contacting Dave by email at davidsimon15@hotmail.com. Copies can also be ordered through Amazon or Barnes and Noble. 
Previously, Simon wrote "Whistle in a Haystack" with Rick Hartzell, which details stories and insights from Hartzell's DI men's basketball officiating career. Simon is also the author of "Bad Golf," a humorous take on why golfers punish themselves playing the game.
IAABO watch and gift sets are now available at a special price of $99.95.  To order your watch and gift set, please contact Donnie Eppley@ 717.713.8129 or email:  eppleyd@comcast.net
Thanks to everyone who participated in the annual Officials vs. Cancer campaign that was held during the past year.  Donations are still being accepted.  To make a donation, please send your check or money order to your board Point of Contact or mail it directly to:  Officials vs. Cancer, P.O. Box 355, Carlisle, PA  17013. 
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Game Tracker Journal
You have likely heard the saying, “a goal without a plan is just a wish,” and this age-old adage rings so true for all people pursuing all types of endeavors.
And for basketball officials embarking on the 2017-2018 season absent a basic strategy on how to achieve a stated desire -- a better schedule; advancement to the next level -- you are in a rudderless boat on an open sea hoping the winds of fate blow you to your destination.
Seeking officiating success described in this manner seems laughable, but yet many officials take this approach with their beloved avocation.  
But Ref, don’t panic now...Help is on the way in the form of the new, and first of its kind, GameTracker Journal.  
This latest publication from long time IAABO members Billy Martin, Tim Malloy and Al Battista, the creators of Ref60.com, is an innovative tool that provides a template for every basketball official, at every level, to create your own realistic roadmap helping to guide you to your desired destination - one game at a time.
For more information on this GameTracker Journal tool visit www.Ref60.com/gametracker.
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